Of all your outdoor planters, it's the window boxes that will be on full display throughout the year. If your box doesn't look good, your house won't shine. Front yard boxes and container plants should be well designed, with plants changed out every season or more often to keep the display fresh. If flowers are spent, leggy, dried out, and it looks like you're growing a doll-sized tumbleweed patch, it's time to either get rid of the box or learn how to arrange the right plants for your region and for the right season.
Here are 17 diverse and beautiful window boxes to give you ideas for fall.
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The Minneapolis-based design firm Botanical Blitz focuses on outdoor floral arrangements and displays, creating growing works of art and changing out plants for clients each season or more often. Large planters on an urban deck featuring eye-catching plants like lime green sweet potato vine (Ipomea), ornamental grasses, mums, coreopsis, and trailing needlepoint ivy.Continue to 2 of 16 below.
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Jester's Crown fern, green and white caladium, white mums, cut Annabelle hydrangea flowers, dried Astilbe flowers, frilly ornamental kale, and a fat white pumpkin create a variety of textures and greens in a fall window box arrangement by Linda of Q is for Quandie. She recommends this arrangement for early fall up until frost; the first hard frost will kill the caladium.Continue to 4 of 16 below.
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Liz Latham of Hoosier Homemade likes to use odd numbers (a good design rule) for her Indiana home's window boxes. For fall, she uses larger pumpkins and gourds in the middle and at each end, mum plants, and dried hydrangea flowers tucked into a bed of hay and dried grasses that spill over the box for a fun look.Continue to 6 of 16 below.
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Lavender and White
Bria Hammel Interiors, based in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, created a stunning lavender/purple and white autumn window box using chrysanthemums, different varieties of ornamental kale and cabbage, white pumpkins, and pale gourds.Continue to 7 of 16 below.
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Jane and Leo Windham of Cottage at the Crossroads are do-it-yourselfers who love to make beautiful things happen in their yard. Their fall window box includes gourds grown in the garden, English ivy, creeping Jenny, foxtail fern (asparagus fern), and annual additions of orange marigolds.Continue to 8 of 16 below.
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Rust-orange, yellow, and lilac mums are teamed with beautiful deep-purple million bells (Calibrachoa) and a pumpkin for a charming arrangement.Continue to 11 of 16 below.
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Bay Window Beauty
A bay window is adorned with three window boxes, each planted identically with ornamental grasses that create a fountain effect, trailing sweet potato vine, and creeping Jenny.Continue to 12 of 16 below.
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In some parts of the southwestern United States and other regions with mild winters, succulents thrive outdoors throughout the year. A window box planted in autumn with colorful succulents will grow during the winter and produce flowers in early spring. This box features a variegated pelargonium (the red and green leaves; not a succulent), flower-like Aeonium, blue-chalk Senecio, and Duddleya.Continue to 13 of 16 below.
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Crotons and Chrysanthemums
Dark pink and purple chrysanthemums are planted with tropical-looking, leather-leaf crotons, which make a striking backdrop.Continue to 15 of 16 below.
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Florence and Cecelia of Brooklyn Window Boxes by Flo's Gardens have designed outdoor containers for many years and know what they are doing. In the back go the taller grasses or shrub-like plants, while two mid-size plants fill the middle. Up front, three smaller trailing or spilling plants form a mix of flowers and greenery. Their results are stunning foot traffic-stopping displays for each season.Continue to 16 of 16 below.
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Geraniums are hardy and can live for decades. Pruning spent flowers will keep your geraniums looking their best—a must for window boxes that everyone passing by will see. A classic red geranium (actually a pelargonium) shares space with yellow lantana and blue salvia, which all continue to bloom in early fall.